QPR sign Ferdinand

Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of former England captain Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand, who has penned a one-year deal with the west London club, was a free agent after leaving Manchester United in May.

During his time in Manchester, he won six league titles, two League Cups, one Champions League and a Club World Cup.

The defender had been in Brazil working as a television pundit, but returned on Wednesday and swiftly completed the deal the next day after passing a medical at Loftus Road.

And the 35-year-old said he was delighted to be back home and still in the Premier League.

Ferdinand made 312 appearances for Manchester United

“I had a lot of offers from all over the world,” he told qpr.co.uk.

“Some in places with a better climate than here. But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here [in London] where it all started.

“I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.”

Harry Redknapp – who handed Ferdinand his professional debut when the pair were at West Ham in 1996 – also expressed his delight to have him on board at Loftus Road.

“I signed Rio as a 14-year-old,” he said.

“I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League”

Rio Ferdinand 

“He was class on the field and off the field then, and he’s continued in that manner throughout his career. 

“During his time at Manchester United, he was the best defender in Europe, if not the world.

“To bring him to QPR – when he’s still got so much to offer in terms of his quality, class, experience and know-how – is a remarkable coup for the club.”

The London-born defender made his England debut against Cameroon in November 1997, and during a 16-year international career was named in four consecutive World Cup squads. 

Although injury forced him out in 1998 and 2010, he did appear at the 2002 and 2006 tournaments.

He retired from international duty in May 2013 after earning 81 caps for his country.